As someone with an interest in Youth Engagement, and as someone not too old myself(!), it's particularly important to me that young campaigners feel that Campaign Bootcamp is financially accessible to them. Young people so often are at the forefront of making political and social change, and we want to be able to support them in their missions.
That's why I'm glad to say that UNICEF are funding our Young Campaigners scholarship - which is a scholarship explicitly for campaigners aged 18 - 21. I'm constantly inspired by the thoughtful politics and activism showcased by the young people who have come on Bootcamp. So for this blog, I thought I'd show off some of the fantastic campaigners who were under 21 when they came on Bootcamp below.
Applications for our ninth and tenth Campaign Bootcamps are open now - the deadline to apply is 9am Wednesday 15th March - so get on it!
Kimani (Bootcamp 8)
Kimani is a higher education campaigner from London who is involved with the young people's campaign group Let Us Learn. He's passionate about encouraging universities and the government to remove the barriers to education faced by young people, particularly those of migrant backgrounds.
Kimani was our youngest participant on Bootcamp 8 and was a really valued member of the group, who spoke enthusiastically about migrant rights and education. He is now working on a campaign
Samia (Bootcamp 7)
Samia is an environmentalist who campaigns for cleaner air in her local area. She is interested in fighting for the rights of our natural environment and hopes for others to see the intrinsic value of our land. She is also a Geography student at the University of Greenwich.
Melissa (Bootcamp 6)
Melissa is a young Latin-American woman living in London. She campaigns and does activism around domestic violence, migrant/refugee solidarity, LGBTQ issues, and issues affecting the Latin American community in the UK. Her activist group are currently working on an anti-gentrification campaign to save the Latin Village - an indoor market under threat of social cleansing in Tottenham, London.
Atika (Bootcamp 4)
Atika studies BA Arabic and Linguistics at SOAS University of London here in London but still manages to be a Team V Leader for Hackney and a languages ambassador for Routes into Languages. She loves to volunteer in her community.
Atika's campaign interests include tackling the stigma around mental health and opening up opportunities for young people. She believes youth clubs should be reintroduced to (disadvantaged) communities and thinks young people are amazing, which is really refreshing in a context that paints youth as apathetic and apolitical.
Kayleigh (Bootcamp 5)
Kayleigh was an 18 year old activist and student working on a degree in Musical Theatre and Charity Development when she came on Bootcamp. She is passionate about disability rights and wants to change the accessibility of public transport in order to develop a true sense of disability equality in society. She currently works on campaigns with the NGO Whizz-Kidz. In her spare time, she likes to play basketball and the piano.
If you're a young person starting out in the world of campaigns, you should definitely apply for Bootcamp. It'll give you the skills, confidence and network you need to persevere in your activism - and that's pretty great!
If you're successful in getting a scholarship you'll get access to a year long Campaign Bootcamp programme. It starts with a week of intensive training at our idyllic new venue Bore Place. The syllabus includes planning a campaign, working with the media, fundraising, choosing your tactics, building websites, coding and much more! After the residential is over you'll be offered a year of mentorship, follow up training and community support.
If you're a grassroots campaigner the scholarships can cover the full fee of coming on Bootcamp (£3500) and if you work at an NGO there are partial scholarships available to cover some of the costs of coming.
TO SUM UP
- Deadline for applications: 9am Wednesday 15th March 2017
- Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have
- Bootcamp 9: 7th - 12th May / Bootcamp 10: 10th - 15th July
- Click the button below to apply